While Russian President Vladimir Putin has yet to admit any responsibility for the downing of the Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17, Russian citizens in Moscow have stepped up to ask for forgiveness through a memorial. The entrance to Moscow's Dutch Embassy has been turned into a memorial as Russians commemorate the victims and some even leave signs claiming "Putin is a terrorist."
CNN reported a memorial has been formed outside the Dutch Embassy of Moscow. In an outpouring of love and support for the families who have lost loved ones in the downing of Flight MH17, Russian citizens light candles, leave flowers and toys to pay respects to the victims. Some even left signs asking for forgiveness and other signs claiming Russia's president is a "terrorist."
The memorial is a vast show of tribute to the victims of Flight MH17. One heart wrenching message is that of a child's handwriting as it captions a drawing of a plane broken in midair, "children should not die." While another sign reads "We are afraid, we are ashamed, we are in mourning."
Despite Russia's claim that they have no role in the downing of Flight MH17, signs asking for forgiveness also adorn the memorial (see photo from Inquisitr). One even reads "Excuse us, please, if you can. Sorry! Russia, Moscow."
Somehow people feel that Russia is responsible for the tragic death of all 298 passengers aboard the Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17.
One of those paying tribute at the Dutch Embassy memorial was Muscovite Yuri Yemshanov. He told CNN that it's unlikely Russia was involved in the tragedy. He claimed that just because Moscow supplies weapons to Ukraine doesn't mean the country is involved.
"Just because we're supporting terrorists, we're involved," he said.
While investigation is still ongoing to determine who launched the missile that downed the plane, Yuri's wife Maria said the first thing Russia should do is ask for forgiveness.
"Now I think it's time to say I'm sorry for these people. This is the first thing," she said.
Another citizen at the memorial, named Olga, was certain that Russia was not involved. However she also claimed "forgive me" is in order until an investigation can establish the responsible party.
According to Theguardian, the airline was headed to Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam on Thursday, July 17. The plane was shot down by a missile in the eastern border of Ukraine where nationalist rebels have reportedly been engaging war battles with Ukrainian forces. Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 crash-landed on the town of Snezhnoe after it reportedly blew up in midair killing everyone onboard. CNN reported that out of the 298 passengers, 193 were Dutch citizens.
Meanwhile the makeshift memorial outside the Dutch Embassy in Moscow continues to pile up with tribute to the victims aboard the Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17.